Paris, Emile-Paul Frères, 1913.
Octavo [181 x 115 mm] of (4) ll., 366 pp., (1) bl.l. Bound in red half-morocco, decorated flat spine, untrimmed, top edge gilt. Original wrappers and spine bound in. Case. Huser.
First edition of this unique book. A precious copy. A good copy of this magical novel of childhood between reality and dream, one of the author’s copies, n°61, untrimmed, finely bound by Huser with the original wrappers preserved.
It was offered by Alain Fournier to his friend Jean Variot on the 8th of November 1913, and bears the autograph dedication signed by the author on the half-title: « ‘C’est lui qui, parti à vingt ans, sans rien dire à personne, sans donner la moindre nouvelle, revint sept années plus tard, attacha son cheval à la poignée d’une porte…’. A Jean Variot, ton ami, H. Alain-Fournier. Samedi 8 novembre 1913 ».
Jean Variot was formerly a renowned author. He wrote many novels, essays, musicals, plays… But Variot was not only an Alsatian scholar; he was also an author of national caliber, actively taking part in the debates between the two wars. Jean Variot created in 1911 for Georges Sorel the famous traditionalist periodical L’Indépendance.